Pensions Administration – Placement Opportunity

Job Overview

About you

Spence is recruiting for our 2019 intake of placements. We recruit the best, and are looking for the future influencers of our industry. We are looking for individuals who are keen to learn from our team and develop and grow within a busy and successful organisation.

We are looking for candidates who are intelligent, ambitious and great at working with people. You should enjoy solving complex problems and be interested in the financial services industry and areas affecting it. You will be well organised and proactive, calm under pressure and can communicate well at all levels (written and verbal).

You will enjoy working in a challenging environment in which you can develop both personally and professionally in an award winning company. You will be a conscientious individual with exceptional attention to detail. You will be an individual who knows how to interact in a professional environment and deliver to the requirements of our high performing culture.

What to expect when working with us

Spence & Partners (Spence) was established in 2000 and is a privately owned UK firm of actuaries, pension consultants, pension scheme IT specialists and administrators.

We are part of an integrated group of companies that includes Dalriada Trustees Limited (Dalriada) a leading independent trustee, with offices in, Belfast, Glasgow, and London, and clients throughout the UK and Ireland, and Veratta Limited, a data management, information security, software development and IT support business also in the pensions and financial services industry with clients across the UK and Ireland

Placement students are integral to our organisational structure and you will be inducted into specific projects within our company, working with experienced and respected industry professionals. At Spence we believe that our Placement Programme will provide you the support throughout your studies and a full experience in your chosen speciality. You will be appointed a mentor within your discipline who will guide you through your chosen career path ensuring you gain the most from your placement with the Company.

We believe in empowerment, and expect our colleagues to thrive in an environment of ownership where they quickly excel and gain recognition.

About the role

We can offer a placement experience in Pensions Administration that is the first step in a high profile career, with many of our placement students wishing to return to continue working with us after Graduation.

After full training, you will be exposed to various issues arising in the world of pension administration. Our team carry out all types of exercises from winding up schemes and calculating members’ pension benefits to carrying out forensic research, all the while providing an excellent service to the members of our Schemes. This variation makes Spence an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in a career in pensions.

You will become key contact to pension members answering queries over the phone and via written communication. You will become effective at providing clear and accurate information to members and beneficiaries.

Essential Criteria

  • On track for 2:1 or above in a relevant degree.
  • A Level Maths Grade B or above
  • GCSE Maths and English Grade A or above
  • Proven technical and academic ability illustrated through grades and achievements.
  • Evidence of proactive extra curricular learning and engagement in chosen career path.
  • An obvious interest in the industry in which we operate.
  • Excellent knowledge of computerised systems e.g. Microsoft Office/Windows applications, in particular Excel.

Desirable Criteria

  • Relevant Work Experience.
  • Attending events, seminars, self study to promote knowledge in area of interest.

Behavioural competencies for the role

Inspiring Leadership, Strategic Thinking, Impacting & Influencing, Client Engagement, Collaborative Working, Problem Solving, Planned Approach, Professional Approach
Further information is provided outlining the indicators for each behavioural competency.


Working hours, Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week.
Location: Belfast
Competitive Salary

There is a six month probationary period from commencement of employment.

As part of the pre-hire process the successful candidate will be subject to reference checking security vetting.

Closing Date for the role: 4th January 2019, shortlisted candidates must be available for interview December 2018 – January 2019. We may close recruitment and proceed with candidate selection earlier than 4th January 2019 if there is high volume and quality of applications.

Spence & Partners Ltd is an equal opportunities employer.

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